Research Infrastructures (RI) are standing pillars for excellence in science and a vital element for the realization of the European Union as a knowledge-based society. Together with Core Facilities (CF)- existing in many universities, academic research centres and national nodes of distributed RI- RI are also major actors in the implementation of the EU Open Science and Open Innovation strategy and a major factor for its success. As RI and CF increase in importance, questions about how to organize, maintain, manage and finance them have become a major topic for funding and research organisations. This proposal brings together, for the first time, RI, CF and European universities, in a new innovative concept to transform the access and empowerment of human resources for national and international scientific facilities in Europe. The overarching goal of RItrainPlus is to design and deliver a training programme to fulfill the competency requirements for the current and future managers of European RI and CF. RItrain Plus will: i) drive excellence, operational improvements and long-term sustainability of European RI and CF by developing: formal learning activities: executive post-graduate courses; learning on the job: staff exchange, with a short-term mobility programme at different RI/CF locations; peer learning: a Community of Practice, within all RI and CF, able to promote existing excellence and experience, and share knowledge; ii) create a foundation for the long-term provision of highly qualified personnel for managing RI and CF by developing Learning Activities embedded in existing university programs and a certifiable European Longitudinal Learning Track; iii) establish a permanent and self-sustainable European School for Management of Research Infrastructures. In the fouryear project all the required steps will be performed, with extended involvement of ERICs, EIROforum members, national agencies, and other relevant stakeholders in the design process.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Monica Forni

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Chirurgiche
Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie
Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche

Università  degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA(Italy)

Other Participants:
Cessda Eric (Norway)
Universite' De Paris 1 - Pantheon - Sorbonne (France)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Eccsel European Research Infrastructure Consortium-Eccsel Eric (Norway)
European Molecular Biology Laboratory-Embl (Germany)
Università  degli Studi di MILANO (Italy)
Università Studi Trento (Italy)
Universidad Complutense De Madrid (Spain)
Esrf-Installation Europeenne De Rayonnement Synchrotron (France)
Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Poland)
Upm Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)
Goeteborg Universitet (Sweden)
Integrated Carbon Observation System European Research Infrastructure Consortium-Icos Eric (Finland)
Core Technologies For Life Sciences-Ctls (France)
E-Science European Infrastructure For Biodiversity And Ecosystem Research (Spain)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.000.000,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/04/2021
End Date: 31/03/2025

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101008503 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101008503